Before I go ahead and work on the final art, I want to be sure I know what I'm doing colour-wise. This 'mocking up' of the illustration helps me to consider potential issues such as clothing colours, lighting, environment, materials (metal/wood/fabric etc).
Taking the initial thumbnail to a more finished level here. Not done yet, I just wanted to throw some colours over the top of the middle sketch to have a good idea of where I'll be going when it comes to the final art. All of these steps make the transition to the finished illustrations a lot easier and it's well worth taking the extra time to see these steps through...
Here's what I've been working on for the past week. laying out the rough drawings to see how the book will look on the whole. The benefits to working this way are (and not limited to)
d) A good working process
e) An 'overview' approach is taken so as to see how the text AND illustrations work with each other
f) Room is left for text which will save many problems down the track.
I had already sketched the thumbnails up roughly (2-5 minutes doodles), my next move is to then run through all the illustrations again to refine them, this stage includes far more tonal work than the rough sketches had, I do this to work out any lighting the scene may need. This all allows for a smoother transition to the finals (anything to make the job easier is a system to be embraced).
Next, looking to have the art approved and hopefully move into working on the final illustrations themselves- I can feel 'colour' calling :-)
Aaron Pocock is a 40-something illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia who has been'arting' and illustrating since he was old enough to hold a pencil... It is the intent of the artist to both enlighten AND entertain and he hopes this blog will be found both useful and enlightening. Stop back here often for new content...